What have you been crocheting?

Posted by Amy | Posted in Customer Projects | Posted on 12-05-2015

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Over the past few weeks I have collected photos of many different crochet projects from Black Sheep Wools customers. It is particularly exciting to see a project evolve from the initial yarn purchase. Have you crocheted anything you would like to share? Please send in photos through to amy@blacksheepwools.com.

To start off I have a couple of crocheted items from a customer called John. Whilst yarn shopping, he brought along his latest make for a photo – ‘Speedy the wonder turtle’.

crocheted turtle

John came back a couple of weeks later wearing his latest make, this time a fab jumper crocheted in James C Brett Chunky with Merino. The pattern is a free download from the Red Heart website.

Red Heart sweater in James C Brett Chunky with Merino

A lady called Alex was shopping with her baby son. He was all snug in his pram with a cosy blanket crocheted in a vibrant, rainbow shade of Stylecraft Merry Go Round Dk. I got chatting to Alex about the blanket and she said it took just 2 balls with a 4.5mm hook.

ripple blanket in stylecraft merry go round

Adding a decorative dging is a good idea on a ripple blanket to help neaten up the wavy ends.

ripple blanket in stylecraft merry go round

Jacky has been trying out King Cole Opium Palette crocheted. It is looking lovely so far. The texture of the yarn, along with the varying colour creates a really interesting combination. Jacky is going to make a triangular scarf, gradually increasing the stitches as she goes.

king cole opium palette crochet

A second project Jacky has just completed this week is a baby blanket in Stylecraft Malabar. The blanket is a free download on Ravelry called Rainbow Dash Baby Blanket by Beatrice Ryan Designs.

jacky's rainbow dash blanket

The colours look great worked together.

rainbow dash blanket in stylecraft malabar

Joan has nearly finished a waistcoat in Wendy Supreme Cotton Dk. The pattern for this summery design can be found in Sirdar book 458 – Cotton Crochet. It is hard to believe only 18 months ago Joan couldn’t crochet at all!

crochet wasitcoat 458

crochet waistcoat 458

This photo was one sent in by an online customer called Julie. A pretty lace detail top crocheted in DMC Natura cotton.

dmc natura cotton top

Easter Gift Ideas

Posted by Amy | Posted in Cross Stitch, Free Patterns | Posted on 24-03-2015

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Can you believe Easter is only a couple of weeks away? Time has certainly flown by and the first signs of spring are already here. The journey to work has brightened with daffodils springing up here and there. Working in an old potato barn means we are surrounded by fields and farm land. Over the past week or so I have caught the sight of many little lambs bobbing around, snuggling up to their mothers in the fields nearby. Nature really does provide us with lots of fresh inspiration for new projects – the flora, fauna and blue skies (fingers crossed for that one).

Have you thought of giving an Easter gift? How about a change from a chocolate egg this year? With the theme of Easter in mind we have brought together 10 patterns to help with Easter gift ideas and inspiration. Many of the patterns are free downloads too!

Rowan Rabbit Beanie

A cute knitted Rabbit Beanie in Rowan Fine Boucle. This pattern is a free download from KnitRowan.com.

dmc natura cotton family of chicks

Crochet a family of ‘Easter’ chicks in DMC Natura Cotton yarn.

cherry heart garden curtain ties

Cherry Heart has this free pattern for ‘Garden Curtain Ties’ available to download from her blog. A lovely way to spruce up your home and add a sprinkle of spring.

cherry heart garden curtain ties

Hope over to Cross-stitching.com where you will find an Easter bunny card design.

cross stitch Easter card

Keeping with the rabbit theme. How about Bobby the Bunny by Emma Varnam? He is an adorable free pattern to download.

bobby bunny by emma varnam

Why not knit someone a whole bunch of daffodils? A gift that will stay in bloom year after year. There are many more patterns in the Sirdar book Knit Pretty!

Knit Pretty Book by Sirdar

A fresh, spring blanket and cushion in Stylecraft Malabar Aran.

Stylecraft Malabar 9147

Touch of Spring is a free cross stitch design featuring daffodils. This is a free download from Make It Coats.


Knit a ‘Bunny Jar Topper‘ and combine two gifts in one. Fill a jar full of yummy sweets and add the bunny on top for an extra gift.


Annaboo’s House crocheted flowers caught my eye as a fun spring make. They would look fab joined together to make a pretty garland or added to a hair clip.

annaboos house flowers

There you have it our 10 Easter gift ideas. If you have made any gifts for Easter please share your photos and email amy@blacksheepwools.com. It would be great to share them here on the blog!

DMC Ollie Owl

Posted by Amy | Posted in Cross Stitch, Free Patterns | Posted on 23-05-2012

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This Ollie Owl design is available to download for free from DMC’s website. The chart and DMC thread information is all included on the download. Ollie Owl is a character from the Woodland Folk collection, take a look at more of the designs available to order from the Black Sheep here. All you need are your DMC embroidery threads and 14 count Aida fabric.